french-small-photoT. Bondurant (Bon) French, CFA ('76)

Chairman, Adams Street Partners


Bon has been with Adams Street Partners and its predecessor organizations since 1980 and has been instrumental in the development of its private equity investment strategies, fund management and client service. Bon is based in Chicago, Illinois.

He was a member of the CFA Institute Committee (formerly AIMR – the Associate for Investment Management and Research), which made recommendations concerning standards for reporting performance in private equity.  Bon was also a contributor to the ICFA’s first book on the subject of private markets investments, Investing in Venture Capital (1988).

Bon is Chairman of the Adams Street Board of Directors, and is a member of the Adams Street Partners Portfolio Construction Committee.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Investment Committee at Northwestern University.  He is also a member of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management Dean’s Advisory Council.  Bon is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of Chicago Leadership Council and the Economic Club of Chicago.  Bon is also the Chair of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art, and a former Director of the National Venture Capital Association.

Bon received his BA in Economics from Northwestern University and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.